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Introducing Oxford International Organizations

While there is general agreement on the increasing role played by international organizations, the actual extent of this role and the implications thereof remain the object of intense debate in legal and scholarly commentaries. Indeed, organizations today seem to be simultaneously acclaimed and abhorred; deemed to be the guardian of the international order and the cause of international disorder; taken as the monitors of fundamental rights and the villains of the international rule of law. By the same token, there is a wide range of understandings of what constitutes an ‘international organization’, ranging from an inter-state treaty regime to an autonomous constitutional subject with its own legal order. In this sense, international organizations and their contribution to global governance have perhaps never been as discussed and contested as they are today.

It is in this context that Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) has been built, with the aim of providing practitioners, scholars, legal advisers, policy-makers, and observers of international relations with the most precise, holistic and up-to-date picture of the acts of international organizations possible, and with an increased understanding of the contribution of these organizations. 


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January 2, 2018

Writing for OXIO

Read about the experience and process of working on the OXIO database, with quotes from a number of our authors.

December 18, 2017

The Responsibilities and Immunities of International Organizations

Examine the most contentious issues surrounding the privileges and immunities of international organizations.

November 29, 2017

Constituent instruments of major international organizations

Analyse and explore the impact of the constituent instruments of 11 key international organizations

October 26, 2017

Announcing the launch of Oxford International Organizations

Instant access to primary materials and essential analysis on the law of international organizations. Now freely available until July 2018, on Oxford Public International Law.